We Can Week

Access resources for We Can Week, 6th-10th February 2023.

We Can Week

We Can Week is a celebration of well-being that aims to increase children’s understanding of their physical and mental health.

Following conversations with schools and other partners, we identified a need for a more rounded approach to well-being. We needed to explore and breakdown the components to a healthy lifestyle.

With a wide range of resources and activities available, We Can Week aims to encourage children and young people to look after their bodies and minds. As well as understand where to find support.

Sport England’s Active Lives Survey shows that 47% children and young people are not physically active. Furthermore, 33% have poor mental health. We hope that this campaign enables people to live happily and healthily in a way that suits them.

Teacher knowledge increased around ideas and how to embed these themes across the curriculum.

Anonymous Feedback, We Can Week 2022

What To Expect

We Can Week covers five themes across the five days of the week. These are:

  • Mindful Monday explores how to process emotions and find the right support
  • Tasty Tuesday highlights the importance of a healthy diet
  • Well-being Wednesday covers the positive effects of important self-care behaviours
  • Together Thursday focuses on individuality, diversity and inclusivity
  • Physical Activity Friday demonstrates the importance of movement

Content

Early Years

The resources for early years are there to support carers and practitioners to encourage conversations and activities with children aged 2-5.

Mindful Monday – Helps children to identify the emotions they are feeling and what this feels like within their body.

Tasty Tuesday – Supports children to identify the foods that they’re eating and how it makes them feel. As well as encourage parents/carers to consider the food groups and a balanced diet.

Well-being Wednesday – Encourages time outdoors and promotes oral health, good sleep patterns and hydration. Children will also create a positive bedtime routine.

Together Thursday – Starts conversations with children about what a safe relationship looks like. This includes acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, as well as learning how to be a good friend.

Physical Activity Friday – Inspires children to be active throughout the day and support their mental and physical growth.

Check out Romsey Primary School trying out smoothies for Tasty Tuesday on Twitter.

Primary Age

The resources for primary aged children are there to support carers and practitioners to encourage conversations and activities with children aged 5-11.

Mindful Monday – This day is designed to encourage children to identify different emotions and how this affects their body. They are also provided with activities that can help improve mindfulness including breathing techniques and calming activities. There are different resources/activities that can help young people to self-regulate their feelings, process them and seek support.

Tasty Tuesday – Supports children to identify the foods that they’re eating and how each food fuels them. There is a strong intention to establish a healthy relationship with food. It will also encourage parents/carers to consider the food groups and create a balanced diet.

Well-being Wednesday – Encourages time outdoors, promotes oral health, good sleep patterns and hydration. Children will be asked to record how much fluid they are drinking in the day, how many hours they slept and the benefits of outdoor play.

Together Thursday – To learn about what a safe relationship looks like and who their safe adults are. To look at the impact of bullying and how to deal with this. Lastly, looking at how unique we all are and the benefits this can bring to a team.

Physical Activity Friday – Inspires children to be active throughout the day in a way that suits them. To explore different types of activity, how to access it and how it makes them feel.

Check out Romsey Primary School monitoring their water intake for Well-being Wednesday on Twitter.

Secondary Age

The resources for secondary aged children are there to support young people and those that support them to encourage conversations and activities with children aged 11-16.

Mindful Monday – Designed to help young people understand how different emotions can impact their behaviour. There are different resources/activities that can assist young people to self-regulate their feelings and recognise how to process and seek support.

Tasty Tuesday – Supports young people to explore the foods that they are eating and how this fuels their body. To start building positive relationships with food and how to seek support if there are any concerns.

Well-being Wednesday – Promotes positive behaviours around sleep and hydration and how this impacts young people’s bodies. Looks at well-being as a bigger picture and considering different aspects of health.

Together Thursday – Continue conversations with young people about what a safe relationship looks like with the different people in their lives. Help them identify the safe adults that they can turn to. It will look at the impact of bullying and how to deal with this. As well as look at how unique we all are, and the benefits individuality can bring to a team.

Physical Activity Friday – Encourages young people to be active throughout the day in a way that suits them. Explores different types of activity, how to access it and how it makes them feel.

Check out Crestwood Community School taking part in Together Thursday on Twitter.

Sign Up for #WeCanWeek2023

In 2022, We Can Week helped 225 schools and other settings prioritise pupils’ wellbeing.

Join us February 6th-10th for We Can Week, sign up by visiting the form on our website.

One benefit of We Can Week was that the whole school worked on the same theme, and this developed a sense of community.

Anonymous Feedback, We Can Week 2022

Contribute Resources

If your organisation would like to provide resources, tools or activities for one of the themes of We Can Week, please get in touch with our Children and Young People Officer.

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